The All Progressives Congress in Kwara State has cautioned Yekini Nabena, the Deputy National Publicity Secretary, to stop acting as the National Publicity Secretary of the party.
In a statement signed by the Kwara State APC chairman, Bashir Bolarinwa, the party said that the office of the national spokesman of the party is presently occupied by Lanre Issa-Onilu.
Politics Nigeria reports that Nabena had in a statement on Sunday, declared himself as acting National Publicity Secretary of the ruling APC following a court order restraining his boss.
According to him, a judgement of the Sokoto High Court has restrained Issa-Onilu from functioning as the party’s publicity secretary.
However, the Kwara APC chairman noted that the position of the National Publicity Secretary has been zoned to the North-Central and Nabena who hails from the South had no business seeking to occupy the position.
Bolarinwa urged Nabena to avail himself of the legal requirements for APC National Offices and allow Issa-Onilu to carry out his duties.
He also called on the National Working Committee of the party to “do the needful” by calling Nabena to order.
The statement reads: “We received with shock and dismay a statement credited to the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Yekini Nabena, stating his intention to ‘take over’ the office of the Party’s National Publicity Secretary currently and legitimately occupied by Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu following an interpretation of a purported court order.
“For a position that has been zoned to the North Central zone and micro-zoned to Kwara State, we of the Kwara State APC solidly and unanimously stand in defence of our rightful position of the APC National Publicity Secretary and candidate, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu.”
The party said Onilu’s appointment was legally done and concluded by the North Central zone in July 2019, stressing that the court order Nabena was parading had elapsed and was of no consequence.
It added, “The purported Sokoto court order Nabena seeks to profit from restrains the party from appointing or electing Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu for the position of the APC National Publicity Secretary.
“In any case, the procured Sokoto court order has elapsed and no longer in effect.”